+Psionic Posted January 8, 2014 Share Posted January 8, 2014 I just recently purchased a copy of Assault by Bomb, which was apparently their first release based on catalog number. It hasn't arrived quite yet, but I've noticed that there are two (or more) versions of this game. Some of the outer boxes are black, whereas others are white. I've also noticed that the copyright on the back of the game instruction manual is usually credited to OnBase Co. Ltd. but sometimes to Bondwell Digital Ltd. instead. This version of the manual appears in the Atarimania database: http://www.atarimania.com/2600/boxes/hi_res/assault_i_4.jpg I've also noticed that the IC chips inside some (but not all) Bomb cartridges have a "BOND" marking instead of "BOMB", as seen here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/117933-rarity-9-bomb-cart-for-50-plus-shipping/?do=findComment&comment=1424383 So it seems that Bondwell was involved with the manufacture (and likely the development) of the Bomb games in some capacity. (For what it's worth, the "Q.C. PASSED N" sticker on NTSC Bomb games is identical to the one found on my NTSC Spectravideo CompuMate.) For the uninformed, Bondwell Holding was a supposedly a major shareholder in Spectravideo International. SVI was supposedly started in North America (as SpectraVision) but Bondwell was apparently responsible for the manufacturing of their products in Hong Kong. Bondwell eventually bought out SVI completely in 1984-85 and moved all operations to HK. They continued to market computer products worldwide (including North America) under the Bondwell name, eventually selling off the Spectravideo name in 1988. (More info here.) So the relationship between Bondwell and Spectravideo is well-known, but what exactly was the relationship between Bondwell and Bomb? Bondwell Holding seems to have had various divisions (Bondwell Engineering, Bondwell Digital, etc). Is it possible that "Bondwell Digital Ltd." and "OnBase Co. Ltd" were essentially one and the same? Or was this simply an NTSC/PAL territory distribution difference? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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